In June 1998, one time Mötley Crüe front man John Corabi took
time out to provide Chronological Crue with an insight into his music
career. Crab was kind enough to answer
questions on his days with The Scream, Mötley Crüe, and his current
band Union, and much more!
Chronological Crue traces the COMPLETE history of Mötley Crüe and its
members, both past and present. Just as the site contains all the
details on Vince Neil’s activities when he was out of the band, in the
same vein, Chronological Crue continues to trace your activities John.
Before we look at some of the exciting things happening with your new
band UNION, let’s scroll back to the very beginning. You were born on
the 26th April 1959 correct?
believe you weren’t the first child born. How many brothers and sisters
do you have?
JC: I was
first, sister Anna 2nd, Janet 3rd, brothers
Nicholas 4th and Todd 5th.
CC: In 1985
you moved to Los Angeles with your wife Val and after a few years you
released an album on Hollywood Records called Let It Scream with your
band The Scream. Do you have a favourite song on that album?
Father Mother Son. I think its one of my best to date.
CC: Do you
think the album will be re-issued one day? Many people are trying to
track it down.
Hollywood Records pulled it. I have no idea why. Just record company
politics I guess.
This album was re-released on Spitfire Records on the 20th Anniversary
of Mötley Crüe's first concert - 24/4/01. Get
all read and heard the story of how you came to become a member of
Mötley Crüe. It took almost a year for the official press release
announcing your position, while details were sorted out. Hollywood
Records apparently settled on a solo album from you at some point,
instead of the $1 million they were asking for your release. Where does
that stand now? Are you still obliged to record a solo album for them?
JC: I don’t
think so. They were disappointed in the Mötley Crüe sales so they
haven’t asked for a solo album yet. But I’m sure if I started selling
records... Record company politics again.
Scream buds apparently changed their name to Stash and were looking to
you to contribute backup vocals for their album in mid '93. Can you
tell me what the outcome was there? Has that recording seen the light
JC: They did
record a great album for Hollywood. They shipped advance copies to
press and radio, did a video for the first single, then were dropped
about two weeks before the release date.
CC: In March
’94 your debut vocal album with Mötley Crüe was released and hit #7 on
the charts. How did you feel about that at the time?
Incredible... Overwhelmed... Orgasmic!
original cover of that album showed Nikki Sixx in a Nazi uniform, which
Elektra rejected and supposedly had the 500,000 copies already
printed burnt. Did you manage to save one for your collection or
did all of them go up in smoke?
JC: Up in
CC: What was
your Uncle Jack’s reaction to your song about him, and what is he up to
JC: I don’t
know. I hope he’s still being butt-f*cked in prison.
CC: Later in
1994, it seemed the Crüe were going to play Donington in England. With
the demise of that festival, have you ever wished you had played
I’ve heard so much about the European Festivals. I’m really
disappointed that I haven’t had the opportunity to play any of them.
CC: You did play in
Japan with Mötley Crüe. Tell me a bit about that experience. How did
the Japanese fans respond to you?
Japanese fans were amazing. I had one of the best times while there.
All the shows were sold-out, including Budokan.
CC: On the 27th
January 1997, Chronological Crue was launched online, and Vince was
back on stage with Mötley Crüe at the American Music Awards. Can you
recall what you were doing that day?
it on TV. I was asked to go but declined. I was happy for Mötley but I
think they should have done a new song.
CC: Just as
Vince Neil sued on his departure from the band, your business decision
to sue the Crüe was obviously a decision that you thought long and hard
about. I’m not going to enter into any debate here, but simply ask what
many fans are wondering and hoping for. Do you think that maybe one day
things will get sorted out, and you will work with them again?
JC: I wish
Nikki, Tommy, Mick and Vince the best, but unfortunately I had to stand
up for myself. I’m not upset they got Vince back. I’m upset at the way
it was done.
Congratulations on Union’s
debut release! I believe it’s an awesome album and it’s great to
see you bounce back from some trying times over the last couple of
years. Are you happy with the sales of the album to date?
you. All I can do is wish for the best as far as sales go.
CC: Has Robin given you
any thoughts on ‘her’ song?
haven’t talked to her. I guess she’s too busy. I sent her a copy with
some Christmas presents and I still haven’t heard from her. Oh well.
CC: The tour
has been cut short for the moment. Do you think it may have been better
to go out as a support act to expose your music to as many people as
Absolutely. But it’s that political thing again unfortunately.
played Power To The Music from the '94 self-titled Mötley album early
in the tour, but quickly dropped it from the set list. What was the
reason behind that?
didn’t drop it, we played it quite a few times. We just didn’t do the
same set all the time. Also it was up to how everyone felt at the time.
seemed to get along best with Tommy Lee when you were in Mötley Crüe.
How do you feel about Tommy now being in jail right now?
sorry for Tommy and family, but more for the children ‘cause they don’t
get to see their Dad.
CC: For a
while I’ve thought it would be great to see you contribute to a Tommy
Lee solo album in some way in the future. Could you see that happening?
JC: No. Not
unless they decide to start talking to me, after this suit is resolved.
discs are currently earning their place in your CD player?
JC: Some new
stuff but mainly oldies. Beatles, Stones, [Led] Zep, Humble Pie, Free,
AC/DC, Grand Funk, etc.
CC: I was looking at some pictures of you
playing acoustic in Amsterdam recently, and it looks like you’ve filled
out your tattoo sleeves more. Addictive little bastards aren’t they?
Absolutely addictive. But cool.
CC: Do you
deliberate for ages on choosing or designing your tattoos, or do you
pretty much just walk-in and let your trusted artist go for it?
JC: I have
ideas, and a lot of faith.
interviewed rock photographer Neil Zlozower
last year and he was telling me how you lived a few doors up the road.
Do you think Zloz will be engaged for some Union sessions at some point?
JC: I hope
so. Neil and his wife and child are awesome.
is there anything you’d like to say to the online Crüeheads?
for being so kind.
for your time Crab. I’m really pleased that Union is doing so well and
so many fans are supporting you. There’s many Aussies hoping to see
Union play live downunder here in Australia. We hope that will become a
reality very soon. All the best.
JC: I hope I
get there someday to meet you all very soon. Peace.
Many thanks to Paula Hogan from Mayhem Records for bridging
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